5 Life lessons I learned from my mother

May 23, 2011 at 11:28 a.m. ET

What is the most important life lesson you learned from your mother? Grateful daughters share the wonderful advice they received from Mom.

What lessons have you learned from your mom?Never give up

The most important life lesson I have learned from my mother is to never give up. This advice has helped me stay positive, focus on things that are important and stay on course to reach my goals. Life doesn't always travel the path we want, but keeping our chin up and going forward always leads us to the next opportunity. Julee Morrison, Utah

I learned from my mom to never give up on following my dreams. Her dream was to have her children's book published, and she finally had that happen at age 90! The book went on to win awards, and Mom donates a portion of the proceeds to children's charities. She still does book signings, book readings and even parade floats – all with more drive and fun than people half her age. Dr Carole Lieberman, Beverly Hills

My mom, who became a bride, widow and mother all within nine months, taught me tenacity, resiliency and the notion that if you put your mind to something, you can achieve it. Mom valued education and the "experience," so we traveled the world together every chance we got. As a teacher, she passed along the love of reading to me and I became a journalist, leaving Akron, Ohio, for New York City just days after graduating college. I'm proud to be my mother's daughter. Samuella Becker, NYC

Help others

My mom has devoted her life to using music therapy and teaching to help those in need. Her favorite saying is "There but for the grace of God go I," and she makes everyone understand that we should be grateful for all that we have. She's a very inspiring woman." Sarah Gorelik, New York City

My mother taught me that showing empathy has the power to change lives, affect change and build bridges. Everything my mother does is undertaken with a sense of compassion and empathy, which works far better than pride and powers. My mom is a hero, she's still gorgeous and she makes me laugh. Nora Sarrawi, Chicago

Don't give up on the people you love. My mom did not give up on my brother (who had behavioral issues), despite all the ways in which he wreaked havoc. Supporting those you love doesn't mean controlling them or trying to force them to change. It simply means: fight for your relationships and fight for your ideals. Give them all you've got. Caroline McGraw, Washington, DC

Have faith

My mom always tells me to "take everything to God. If he brought you to it, he'll get you through it!" Laura Brady Mihalko,  Central PA.

My mom's advice to me was simple: Count your blessings. Jeanie Kitchen Van Scoyoc, Central PA.

Live life your way

I recently lost my 84-year-old mother to lung cancer. When she was diagnosed, she decided that cancer wasn't going to change how she finished her life. She was amazing. Whether you're living or actively dying, choose how you're going to face every day. My mom taught us how to live and how to die with dignity. Joni James Aldrich

My mother taught me something very valuable. She has always told me to be me and to not compete with anyone else because God has given us all unique individual talents. Lucinda Cross, Yonkers, NY

Shut up and listen

My mom always said to me, "Barbilee, you have two ears and one mouth, use them proportionately!" Barbilee Hemmings, East Bay, California

Good advice indeed!

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